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Pope Francis speaks before delivering the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘Love has triumphed over hatred,’ says Holy Father, ‘life has conquered death’

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

‘By his death and Resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness’, says Holy Father

Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica to deliver his Urbi et Orbi message (AP)

‘Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,’ says Pontiff, ‘together with the tears of the Infant Jesus’

Pope Francis appears for his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pontiff prays for children ‘abused and exploited under our eyes’ in Urbi et Orbi message

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi blessing (AP)

Pontiff says Resurrection shows ‘love makes hope blossom in the wilderness’

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP)

Francis prays for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan in Urbi et Orbi message

Pope calls for an end to human trafficking

Pope Francis waves to the faithful after celebrating Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

He tells pilgrims that God’s love is stronger than death

Pope Francis waves from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope prays for peace in the world

Benedict XVI gives his blessing following the Urbi et Orbi address yesterday (AP)

Pope says Christians should ask: ‘What would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door?’